Saitama Super ArenaEdit profile
Saitama Super Arena (さいたまスーパーアリーナ, Saitama Sūpā Arīna) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Chūō-ku, Saitama City, Saitama, Japan. Its spectator capacity is 37,000 at maximum settings. This main arena capacity is between 19,000-22,500 when events such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, ice hockey, gymnastics, boxing, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling take place there. It is also the only Japanese arena equipped especially for American football. The arena features a gigantic moveable section of seating which can reduce capacity for smaller events and create a more intimate setting.
It used to house the John Lennon Museum which displayed John Lennon memorabilia and closed in 2010.
It is one of two home arenas to Japan Professional Basketball League team the Saitama Broncos.
It is a favorite venue for puroresu (Japanese professional wrestling) and mixed martial arts (MMA).
- Immediate to JR East Keihin-Tōhoku|Utsunomiya|Takasaki Line Saitama-Shintoshin Station
- 7 minutes' walk from JR East Saikyō Line Kita-Yono Station
- Nikken Sekkei won the international design competition.
- 2000: May 5 preliminary open. September 1 official open.
In 2000, the arena hosted a NHL ice hockey game between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In 2003, NBA basketball teams Seattle Supersonics and the Los Angeles Clippers, played two games at the arena.
On May 5, 2003 the arena hosted Kei Yasuda's graduation from Morning Musume as well as Hitomi Yoshizawa's graduation nearly 4 years later to the day, on May 6, 2007.
On December 24, 2004 the arena played host to Music Station Super Live 2004.
On February 7, 2005 the arena hosted WWE Raw for United States cable television network Spike TV. The main event of the Raw hour was Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels, and the main event of the Raw Zone hour featured Triple H against Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Queen + Paul Rodgers performed at the arena on October 26 and 27, 2005. The concerts were depicted in the concert DVD Super Live in Japan.
In 2006, the arena hosted the Final Round of the Basketball World Championship 2006. It also hosted a concert titled "Dead or Alive" by the band Janne Da Arc on May 20.
During 2006, Hikaru Utada's Utada United 2006 and Mai Kuraki's Diamond Wave Live Tour concert were held and recorded.
On April 1, 2007, Berryz Kobo held a concert at Saitama Super Arena, becoming the youngest female group ever to perform there whose members average age did not exceed 14 years (thereby dethroning Morning Musume, whose average was 16.3).
On December 31, 2007 the arena hosted Yarennoka, an MMA promotion organized by the former staff members of Pride Fighting Championship.
On January 3, 2008 the arena hosted Nana Mizuki's live concert and released the concert DVD Nana Mizuki Live Formula at Saitama Super Arena.
On August 30 and 31, 2008 the arena hosted Animelo Summer Live 2008 Challenge.
On October 4, 2008 the arena hosted Radiohead's live concert broadcast on Japanese WOWOW.
On May 9 and 10, 2009 the arena hosted Korean artist, TVXQ, Tohoshinki 4th Live Tour.
On July 4 and 5, 2009, the arena hosted Masaharu Fukuyama's 20th anniversary national tour concert.
On July 12, 2009 the arena hosted Japanese artist and superstar Gackt and his "Gackt Vicualive Arena Tour 2009 Requiem et Reminiscence II Final". This is last premiere of his tour after total 59 performances with enormous success. One part was broadcast on Japanese WOWOW.
On August 22 and 23, 2009 the arena hosted Animelo Summer Live 2009 RE:BRIDGE.
On September 5, 2009, visual kei band the GazettE live concert and released the concert DVD "Tour 09 -Dim Scene- Final at Saitama Super Arena".
On November 29, 2009 the arena hosted one of the biggest fights in Japan's history as WBC Flyweight Champion Daisuke Naito defends his title against Koki Kameda.
On December 31, 2009 the arena hosted "FieLDS Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009" which was hosted by MMA promotions Dream and Sengoku along with kickboxing promotion K-1.
On January 9, 2010 the arena hosted the rock band Nightmare's 10th anniversary concert.
On January 23 and 24, 2010 the arena hosted Green Day as part of their 21st Century Breakdown World Tour. Green Day taped the show for their new live album titled Awesome as Fuck, released on March 22, 2011.
On August 28 and 29, 2010 the arena hosted Animelo Summer Live 2010 evolution.
On November 3, 2010, the arena was the venue for the Seoul Tokyo Music Festival, broadcast in Seoul and Tokyo via SBS and TBS respectively, featuring acts such as Big Bang, Kara, 4minute, 2NE1, F.T. Island, C.N. Blue, Brown Eyed Girls, U-KISS, Rainbow, and Teen Top.
On December 31, 2010 the arena hosted "FieLDS Dynamite!! ~ Power of Courage 2010" which was hosted by fight promotions DREAM and K-1.
On February 20, 2011 the arena hosted the K-ON! anime live concert Come With Me!!.
On June 4 & 5, 2011 the arena hosted Girls' Generation's The 1st Japan Arena Tour.
Luna Sea performed their October 22, 2011 charity concert, "Luna Sea for Japan "A Promise to the Brave"", at the arena. Tickets sold out in five minutes.
The arena is tentatively scheduled to host the Japanese return of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in February 2012.